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Watarru Indigenous Protected Area Coordinator


APY Land Management


Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, SA

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Level 3, Full-time

Working with Anangu in spectacular country, the position uses traditional ecological knowledge and contemporary land management practices to deliver the management of the Watarru IPA and other land management functions.

The position works under the guidance of the Land Management Program Manager and implements the annual works program which has been developed from the IPA working on country plan and the IPA Steering Committee.

The Watarru IPA coordination is with a community that is not living in the area full time and so this role also helps coordinate the very important protected area planning and steering committee program across the APY. You manage the projects field activities and liaison with the IPA Steering Committee and manage the rangers for the Watarru area.

You will be required to support the development of the protected area plans across the APY through contractors and supporting the other coordinators ensure that the different Steering Committees meet on a regular basis. At times you may work in other Land Management areas.

Regular liaison with traditional owners, IPA rangers, the Warru coordinator land management staff and contractors is required.

Note this is a physically demanding role requiring long walks over rugged terrain, and may require carrying knapsacks and working in harsh conditions and some camping out. There is also a high percentage of time driving in 4WD vehicles over rugged areas.


  • History of work in a similar role
  • Ability to work in a cross-cultural environment
  • Ability to work as a team member and under Anangu direction
  • Ability to work independently in carrying out position responsibilities
  • Ability to managing consultants, researchers and contractors to run specific field activities or training with Anangu Rangers
  • Experience of using different technologies (IPad, photos, GIS), collect and store data on all on-ground works and activities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good organisational, project and budget management skills
  • Ability to employ communication techniques appropriate to cross-cultural environments
  • Ability to live and work in a remote location and over difficult terrain and location
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable
  • Current SA or NT Driver’s Licence
  • Able to work in remote and difficult terrain
  • Ability to manage small teams


  • Degree or Diploma in ecology or equivalent/other project management skills
  • Degree or Diploma in ecology or equivalent relevant field with relevant work-related experience or extensive work experience in team leadership role in similar environment
  • PC literacy


  • Previous experience working with Indigenous people
  • An understanding of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981
  • previous experience in the field desirable
  • 4WD experience or willing to learn

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